Growing fodder is something farmers have been doing for hundreds of years.
Fodder is food, especially dried hay or feed, for animals.
Sprouting small grains and feeding it at a young stage is also known as fodder.
This feeding technique can offer a healthy diet for animals made of live green grass.
You can sprout a variety of small grains, but most sprouted small grain fodder consists of Barley or Wheat.
At HydroGreen the testing of sprouting grains to improve the growth and the nutrition go on daily.
The HydroGreen Research Farm utilizes a specific building to test the growing methods, watering schedules, and feed to seed ratios.
Testing is critical to improve the results of sprouting seeds in 6 days.
The HydroGreen approach to growing feed requires that we identify which seeds are of high quality and of high nutritional value.
In the case of barley, for instance, it has not been genetically engineered (Non GMO) but has been breed for specific qualities.
In the case of livestock feed we are looking for high protein levels and high energy values.
Having the most cost effective and highest quality animal feed is key to the health of your animals and to your total operation.
Since every breed of animal performs better on a feed ration that meets their specific nutritional needs,
it is important to be able to determine the optimal ration for your livestock from available feed.
When specific components of a ration are replaced with HydroGreen,
the new ration improves in many areas including digestive enzymes, vitamins and minerals.
The high digestibility of HydroGreen feed means that the animal consumes less dry matter to produce the same results.
The total amount of digestible matter in HydroGreen is over 85% with an on average of over 20% protein.
Growing HydroGreen is quite easy.
The HydroGreen Grow System does everything for you.
The HydroGreen Grow System's automated seeder spreads 5/8" of small grain seed on the table film.
A fine mist of water is sprayed from above to initiate growth,
followed by a gentle rain automated irrigation system to water the plants as they sprout.
The seed bed is lit from above with low energy LCD lights that enhance the growth.
Only seed, water and light is used in the growing process.
Sprouting small grain such as barley and wheat has been done for hundreds of years.
The sprouting process changes the seed into natural feed.
A feed of sprouted seeds that enhancements the way an animal,eats,digests and utilizes it.
After six days of growing the film with the fresh green feed is rolled off and harvested.
Simply by pushing a touch screen button on the control panel the harvest cycle starts.
As the feed is rolled off the level, it is water jet cut into pizza-shaped pieces
ready to be blended with a feed ration or fed directly to the animals.
Once the harvest cycle is complete, the film is automatically cleaned and re-seeded with a new bed of fresh cleaned dry seed,
ready to be irrigated.
While there are any number of other sprouting systems in use,
the level of automation in product and self cleaning sets the HydroGreen system apart from most.
Software developed to run the system controls and monitors all aspects of production.
Taking the labor out of growing sprouted seeds or fodder is the main goal of the automation.
Simply push one button and the system does the rest.
Harvesting, cleaning, seeding, watering and lighting are all controlled by the computer system.
And, they call all be easily adjusted to optimize the growth.
HydroGreen feed is grown from similar seed in an environmentally controlled building using a consistent water and lighting schedule.
The weather, including extreme temperatures and draught are removed from the growing cycle.
Plus, since you harvest and feed everyday their is little chance of changes occurring in the feed due to storage.
HydroGreen takes the variables out of feed production and storage producing a highly consistent feed every day.
One Acre of Land Requires 20" of Irrigation or 543,000 Gallons of Water to grow a crop.
Corn Silage requires 18,100 gallons of water per ton grown.
Alfalfa Hay requires 77,500 gallons of water per ton grown.
HydroGreen requires only 1,200 gallons of water per ton grown.
Corn Silage takes 93% more water than HydroGreen. Alfalfa Hay takes 98% more water than HydroGreen.
Old-fashioned customer service and ever expanding customer support.
At HydroGreen we treat service differently than support.
Should you need service in relation to a mechanical problem occurring,
our service staff will work to repair your issue.
If you need support on how to grow, feed or operate your equipment,
our support staff will work with you to improve your operation.
At HydroGreen we specialize in one thing.......Growing Hydroponic Animal Feed.
That includes everything from manufacturing the best automated equipment available to how to feed HydroGreen to your livestock.
We are always learning and expanding our knowledge base.
If we don't know the answer we will work with you to find it.
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil.
Farmers have been growing hydroponics since the 1600’s.
However, a hydroponic system for growing plants in large quantities has not existed until very recently.
The concept of using fully automated hydroponics to produce feed for livestock has the potential
to change the way livestock producers operate.
Under traditional farming methods, growing feed for livestock in a field is both time and resource intensive.
It requires hundreds of acres of land, thousands of gallons of water, hundreds of hours
of labor, tractors and combines, hundreds of gallons of fuel,several applications of fertilizer
and chemicals, and large long term storage facilities.
If a farmer wishes to increase production output, he or she must proportionally increase all of the resource inputs.
Even then, crop quality and yield remain at the mercy of the weather.
Rising land prices are a market driver that makes land acquisition unattainable for many who do not have financial means.
Land shortages are also a market driver.
Oftentimes, available land does not exist within reasonable proximity to a producer’s current operation,
and when landowners pass their land down generation after generation, it can leave adjacent operations land-locked for decades.
For those who do have available cropland, Mother Nature becomes a market driver. Field grown feed output remains
dependent on the cooperation of weather and weather’s unpredictability creates drastic fluctuations in the livestock feed market.
Bad weather reduces yield and causes high retail feed prices; good weather causes low payouts for crops.
To address these challenges, HydroGreen has developed our Grow System technology.
This “Land on a Stand” system uses hydroponics to control the variables that affect traditional methods.
A mechanized design automates the hydroponic growth from seed to live green feed on a rolling film.
With the push of a button, the system seeds, waters, lights, monitors, harvests and then runs a post-harvest clean up,
eliminating labor and production side constraints.
In addition this system produces fresh and highly nutritious feed, on a daily basis,
year-round without chemical pesticides or fertilizers.
The fully automated system grows small grains into healthy live feed in a manner that adds production
efficiencies and enhances conservation of natural resources.
The patent pending system grows grasses in a controlled building environment that produces healthy live green feed,
that is harvested daily.
These nutritious grasses can be fed to all types of animals including cattle, horses, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens.
A HydroGreen Grow System produces high quality healthy animal feed.
Using seed, water and light animal feed is grown daily.
Animals prefer fresh live spring grass to any type of feed to eat.
HydroGreen is the closest to live spring grass that you can get.
Green and full of life.
What better feed can you give your animals.
It looks good, it smells good and it is easy to digest.
Growing organically can be a challenge.
The HydroGreen method of growing animal feed is organic ready.
With the right organic seed the HydroGreen growth does not add any thing other than good pure water.
How about grass fed?
With HydroGreen it is easier to meet the requirements for grass fed animals.
Sprouting grains causes increased activities of hydrolytic enzymes, improvements in the contents of total proteins,
fat, certain essential amino acids, total sugars, B-group vitamins, and a decrease in dry matter, starch, and anti-nutrients.
The increased contents of protein, fat, fiber and total ash are only apparent and attributable to the disappearance of starch.
However, improvements in amino acid composition, B-group vitamins, protein and starch digestibility,
and a decrease in phytates and protease inhibitors are the metabolic effects of the sprouting process.
Hydroponic feed is a tremendous source of digestive enzymes.
Enzymes act as biological catalysts needed for the complete digestion of protein, carbohydrates & fats.
The physiology of vitamins, minerals and trace elements is also dependent on enzyme activity.
Being eaten while extremely young, "alive" and rapidly developing hydroponic feed is
acclaimed as the "most enzyme-rich food on the planet."
Estimates suggest there can be up to 100 times more enzymes in hydroponically grown grass than in fruit and vegetables.
When the seed is sprouted, minerals chelate or merge with protein, in a way that increases their function.
The protein content of hydroponically grown grain increased from the time of germination.
The absorption of nitrates facilitates the metabolism of nitrogenous compounds from carbohydrate reserves,
thus increasing crude protein levels.
Every producers operation is different.
At HydroGreen we have the means to determine the payback of the HydroGreen System to your operation.
With a few minutes of time we can input your specific animal information to determine your payback on a HydroGreen System
Nutritional Value & Equivalence of Animal Feed varies in moisture content.
Because moisture has no nutritional value, feed is often expressed in dry matter content.
For example, if one ton of feed has 80% dry matter content, then it contains 1,600 pounds of dry matter and 400 pounds of water.
Feed dry matter and nutritional value are not the same.
The nutritional value of feed (often referred to as total digestible nutrients) is lower than dry matter
because not all dry matter can be converted into energy.
For example, if one ton of 80% dry matter feed has 60% nutritional value,
then it contains 960 lbs of total digestible nutrients, 640 lbs of indigestible nutrients, and 400 lbs of water.
Alfalfa hay typically has 88% dry matter, and nutritional value, on a dry matter basis, of approximately 60%.
Barley grain typically has 87% dry matter, and nutritional value, on a dry matter basis, of approximately 86%.
Corn Silage typically has 34% dry matter, and nutritional value, on a dry matter basis, of approximately 72%.
Grass Silage typically has 30% dry matter and nutritional value, on a dry matter basis, of approximately 61%.
Sprouted barley from HydroGreen typically has 18% dry matter, and nutritional value, on a dry matter basis,
of 90% because it is a live green feed.
Due to the differences in dry matter content and nutritional value,
a ton of one type of feed can have different amounts of digestible nutrients.
one ton of alfalfa hay is equivalent to 3.0 tons of HydroGreen,
one ton of barley grain is equivalent to 4.6 tons of HydroGreen,
one ton of corn silage is equivalent to 1.5 tons of HydroGreen, and
one ton of grass silage is equivalent to 1.1 tons of HydroGreen.
The above comparison does not take into account the cost of each.
HydroGreen uses no chemicals in the growing of the feed.
Just water, light and seed.
HydroGreen is chemical free.
Compare this to the volume and cost of fertilizers and chemicals that is put onto crop lands, to grow animal feed.
Hundreds of gallons of herbicide and pesticide along with thousands of pounds of fertilizer.
Not only the cost of the products but the cost of application add into your overall feed costs.
And, that does not include the number of labor hours, equipment and fuel required to apply all of these pounds and gallons.
These are all ongoing costs that do not occur when using a HydroGreen Grow System to grow feed.
Green House Gas Reductions realized by growing and feeding HydroGreen versus
Alfalfa Hay, Barley Grain, Corn Silage, and Grass Silage were studied in Western Canada in 2017.
The Green House Gas Reductions were measured in Tons of CO2e/year,
which is the carbon dioxide equivalent which is a standard unit for measuring carbon footprints.
In the study it was determined that if ten dairy farms each were using one 4-section HydroGreen Grow System,
the CO2e/year would be reduced from Alfalfa Hay by 92.5, Barley Grain by 68.0, Corn Silage by 86.6 and for Grass Silage by 568.7.
This reduction in CO2e/year equates into reductions in the gallons of fuel used.
If these ten Dairy Farms fed HydroGreen as part of their ration they cumulative that would be
9,473 fewer gallons of fuel for Alfalfa Hay,
6,941 fewer gallons for Barley Grain,
3,736 fewer gallons for Corn Silage, and
58,037 fewer gallons for Grass Silage.
The weather has the biggest impact
on your feed produced and the cost of the feed you purchase.
Too much rain or not enough rain. Too much snow or not enough snow cover.
Too hot or too cold.
These all have an impact on your operations.
In fact, it is abnormal when there is the right amount of rain, or the temperature is perfect.
Let alone, how long is the winter going to be.
Taking the weather out of the equation, such as growing some feed in an environmentally controlled building, is one alternative.
In an environment that protects one of the essential parts of your feed ration, from the worst the weather has to offer.
That is what HydroGreen does, eliminates the weather factor in the growing of feed.
Giving you Weather Independence.
There are 43,560 Square Feet of Land in 1-Acre.
It takes 6,223 Square Feet of Land to grow 1-Ton of Corn Silage (Assume 30 tons per acre / per year).
It takes 1,452 Square Feet of Land to grow 1-Ton of Alfalfa (Assume 7 tons per acre / per year).
It takes 272 Square Feet of Land to grow 1-Ton of HydroGreen per day for 365 days (Producing 58,400 tons per acre / per year).
The equivalent land to raise annually 500 Dry Matter (DM) tons of livestock feed is:
Corn Silage at 34% DM 49 Acres
Alfalfa Hay at 89% DM 80 Acres
HydroGreen at 20% DM .04 Acres
The 2017 USDA United States Average Crop Ground Sales Price Average is $4,090 per Acre. Using this average in the comparison:
HydroGreen saves $200,246 in land cost over growing and feeding Corn Silage.
HydroGreen saves $327,036 in land cost over growing and feeding Alfalfa Hay.
Let us tell you about how we grow livestock feed 365 days a year.
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